Slow uptake of children’s flu vaccine

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UL Hospitals Group chief executive Colette CowanPARENTS in Limerick are not having their children vaccinated against the flu in the numbers that were expected.According to local family doctors, the take-up of the free, painless vaccine – which is administered by nasal spray – has been very disappointing.Meanwhile, it has emerged that just over half of healthcare workers in the University of Limerick Hospitals Group have availed of the flu vaccine while six in ten community healthcare workers have been vaccinated.Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan confirmed that 51 per cent of the healthcare workers in its six hospitals have been vaccinated.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is the highest flu vaccine uptake ever recorded by the hospitals. The UL Hospitals Group is actively working towards the national target of 75 per cent vaccination for healthcare workers,” Prof Cowan added.The numbers indicate that there has been  a 120 per cent increase on the same five week vaccination period in 2019.In answer to a query from the Limerick Post, the HSE said it does not have data on the uptake of the new children’s vaccine but said that 600,000 doses of nasal flu vaccine have been procured so far this year.“All sites that placed an order for the vaccine received their first delivery by the October 9. To date, more than 75 per cent of the vaccine has been distributed to GPs and pharmacies for administration to children between two and 12 years of age,” a HSE spokesman explained.“As of November 18, at least 122,000 doses of the children’s vaccine have been given.“With less than three weeks left of the school term and understanding the challenging circumstances schools find themselves with Covid protocols and limited space for vaccinations, it is not possible to provide the flu vaccine in schools this year,” the spokesman added.At a meeting of the Health Forum West last week, Chief Officer for HSE Mid West Community Healthcare Maria Bridgeman, said that 60 per cent of heath care workers in the region have been vaccinated.“Clinics are on-going across the area and the figure of 60 per cent uptake is expected to increase in the weeks ahead,” she said. Facebook Previous articleFamily hoping inquiry will reopen Bunratty death investigationNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 35 | Big news hidden in plain sight Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Johnson and Johnson lead the way with vaccine candidate for COVID-19 WhatsApp Measles outbreak team in city TAGSvaccine Printcenter_img Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Measles cases increase More measles cases in Limerick NewsHealthSlow uptake of children’s flu vaccineBy Bernie English – December 4, 2020 342 Under-40s need measles vaccine as cases climb Twitterlast_img read more

Linking the Housing Affordability Crisis and Homelessness

first_img Related Articles Linking the Housing Affordability Crisis and Homelessness in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 14, 2020 1,059 Views Previous: Cities Reporting Increased Serious Delinquencies Next: Are Recession Fears Overshadowing Actual Market Trends? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Rep. Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, said during its Tuesday hearing that the affordable housing crisis has come during a time when the homeless population rose 2.7% in 2019.“While more than half a million people have no place to call home, there are millions more who are on the brink of experiencing homelessness because they cannot afford to pay rent,” Waters said. Waters noted that 568,000 people experienced homelessness in 2019 and it rose 42% from 2010-2017. Los Angeles, California, reported a 16% increase in the homeless population over the past year. Water said, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, more than 10 million low-income households are severely cost burden and spend more than 50% of earning on housing. Waters added that “Congress has failed to prioritize this issue,” and continued to underfund programs that give people access to housing. “Not only are we failing to adequately invest in fed programs to meet the needs of people who are currently meeting the needs of homelessness, we are currently failing to adequately invest in the solutions that can prevent homelessness in the future,” she said. CoreLogic reported previously that home prices rose 3.7% annually in November 2019 and are expected to increase by 5.3% from November 2019 to November 2020.Waters’ proposed legislation—HR 1865—would give $13 billion for new programs, serve people experiencing homelessness, and increase the supply for affordable housing.Committee member Patrick McHenry said while the economy is performing well and wages are rising, “housing affordability challenges are real.” He added that high-cost cities and states, such as California and New York, are making matters worse by enacting “counterproductive, regulatory, and zoning laws” that decrease the amount of housing, cause housing costs to rise, and low-income families to be kicked out of their homes. Sourcing The Washington Post, McHenry said California is responsible for half of the nation’s homeless, unsheltered population. Additionally, homelessness more prevalent in states that voted for Hilary Clinton in 2016 while states that voted for Donald Trump have been seeing a decline in the homeless population. “If we want to fight inequality, lets build more housing so that low-income Americans have the chance to live in high-opportunity cities where they work,” McHenry said, adding that higher-density housing is needed so people can live closer to where they work. Several states and cities have enacted bills straying from single-family zoning, allowing for denser zoning options. Virginia is the most recent example of this, as HB 152 would allow duplex homes, townhouses, and cottages in any place currently zoned for single-family housing.A City Lab report states Virginia is struggling with affordability and shortages, with interest in the market growth with the pending arrival of Amazon’s HQ2. “This is obviously a good problem to have. We’ve attracted a lot of people to this area that people find to be desirable,” said House Delegate Ibraheem Samirah, the author of the bill. ATTOM’s latest Rental Affordability report found that buying a home is more affordable is just 53% of the 8556 counties surveyed. However, among the counties with populations of at least 500,000, the scales tip in favor of renting. For 69% of these more populated counties, renting is the better option.  Home Prices Homelessness Housing Affordability Renters 2020-01-14 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share 1Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Home Prices Homelessness Housing Affordability Renters Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Linking the Housing Affordability Crisis and Homelessness About Author: Mike Albanese Subscribelast_img read more

Arkansas’ priciest home lists near Fayetteville football stadium

first_img Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink This Arkansas compound sits directly across from the University of Arkansas football stadium. (Getty, Realtor.com)Football fanatics — specifically, those who are dedicated to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks (go Hogs!) — may want to take a look at the state’s priciest home.The compound at 400-410 North Oliver Road sits directly across the street from the team’s home stadium, Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and is listed for $12 million, making it the priciest property currently listed for sale in the state, according to Dirt.The current owners bought the property about three decades ago for $35,000 and set it up as an investment to rent out during football games. It has three structures totaling 11,320 square feet, with 18 bathrooms and 21 bedrooms.The main house was built in 1966 and renovated in 2013. It has seven bedrooms, six baths, and two kitchens. The two other residences each have multiple kitchens, game rooms and spaces kitted out for entertaining. There’s tons of parking for tailgating and guests, a heated pool and even a treehouse.The property appears to be something of a local institution, at least according to the listing, which calls it an “iconic game-day destination… known and loved by all.”[Dirt] — Dennis Lynch Luxury Real EstateResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Bo McDonald – Meaningful work (#69)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 69 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.On this week’s episode, I’m exploring relevancy and strategic planning with my colleague and long-time friend, Bo McDonald. As President and CEO of Your Marketing Co, Bo has a ton of experience and knowledge helping credit unions, both large and small, refocus their marketing and member service efforts in order to stand out in the crowded financial landscape. Throughout the episode, Bo and I discuss what he’s learned about remaining relevant and creating lasting, meaningful relationships since founding Your Marketing Co over 12 years ago. Bo shares how he has been able to translate those powerful lessons into helping credit unions, as well as his own business, find their why, define their ideal member/client, and develop a culture of service and empathy. Additionally, Bo and I discuss how his leadership style has been influenced and changed by those around him, starting with his time as a radio DJ up to now, and how the many mistakes he’s made along the way have helped him become a better leader and teacher for his employees. We also talk about making difficult decisions, common myths about leadership, and taking a risk. Recalling his favorite piece of advice, he reminds us that “can’t, never did a thing”. We finish up with the rapid-fire questions, where Bo shares what he wanted to be when he grew up, what has become more and less important in his life, and what credit union leader he thinks of when he hears the word success. I hope you enjoy this great episode and maybe even get a few chuckles from our conversation. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Bo:Bo Mcdonald, President and CEO of Your Marketing [email protected] | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedInShow notes from this episode:A big thank you to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the great work Bo and his team at Your Marketing Co are doing for credit unions here Shout-out: Greenville, South CarolinaShout-out: David MillerShout-out: Lauren CulpShout-out: Rhonda HotardShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Leo ArdineLearn more about your personality with the DiSC assessmentShout-out: Bo’s father Shout-out: Mike BartooShout-out: Jeff OlsonShout-out: Credit Union Association of the DakotasShout-out: Mills42 Federal Credit Union Shout-out: Maple Federal Credit Union Shout-out: HopeSouth Credit Union Shout-out: Bo’s friend in NashvilleShout-out: CUESShout-out: Bo’s elementary school art teacherShout-out: Todd ClarkShout-out: Bo’s former boss at the radio stationShout-out: Geoff WassermanShout-out: Scott ButterfieldShout-out: CUNA Governmental Affairs ConferenceShout-out: Bo’s father Shout-out: Lois KitschShout-out: Jim MorrellShout-out: George OmbadoLearn more about DE, the National Credit Union Foundation’s signature programAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Elton JohnAlbum mentioned: Ultimate Collection: The Complete Hits by Captain and TenilleBook mentioned: Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday Book mentioned: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Lauren Culp, Rhonda Hotard, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Leo Ardine, Jeff Olson, Todd Clark, Lois Kitsch, Jim Morrell, George Ombado,You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:51] – Bo, welcome to the show![03:02] – Bo shares that relevance, and not knowing who we serve is the biggest issue he sees credit unions facing today.[04:08] – How does your company help credit unions?[04:53] – Bo speaks about what he thinks credit unions need to change to stay relevant.[06:09] – When you are working with credit unions, do you help them define who their ideal member is?[09:27] – Bo speaks about being able to spend more time in the office leading people and working directly with credit unions.[10:55] – A year from now, what will you be the proudest of that you and your team have accomplished?[12:29] – Bo shares that he has tried to temper his impatience and a short fuse, he tries to have more empathy.[14:26] – Bo discusses what the inspiration was to start YMC twelve years ago.[16:00] – How has the inspiration changed with time in the company?[17:13] – Bo believes his leadership style is a teacher and what that means to him.[19:53] – Bo shares what his team at YMC has heard him say so often they can finish the sentence.[21:46] – Bo speaks about how he has cultivated the ability to make hard decisions.[22:50] – What mistake do you see young leaders make today?[24:09] – Bo shares some advice he was given growing up that he still uses today.[25:32] – Bo chats about a mentor he had at the radio station.[28:07] – Did you ever have a time in your business when you felt lost? What did you do to change it?[29:37] – Bo describes what a typical workday looks like, and what he would call a perfect day.[31:45] – Bo talks about what he does to unwind and recharge when he has a day off.[33:37] – Bo shares that he was a geek in high school, and the first time he got into trouble.[34:01] – Bo says he wanted to be a bus driver when he grew up and a radio DJ, the latter of which he worked as for ten years.[35:05] – What is your favorite album of all time?[35:39] – What book do you think everyone should read?[37:40] – Bo shares that time has become more important, and money has become less important.[38:52] – When you hear the word success, who comes to mind?[40:30] – Bo’s final thought is, evaluate your leadership. Be a better leader today than you were ten years ago.[41:38] -Thank you again, Bo, for being on the show today. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more